The 21st World Korean Business Convention organizing committee held a farewell ceremony and expressed gratitude to the Korean community for their support in the successful hosting of the event.
The ceremony, which took place at the Buena Park Hilton DoubleTree Hotel on the 2nd, was attended by over 150 people, including organizing committee members, Korean politicians, and businesspeople, who celebrated the successful organization of the convention.
In his address, Chairman Hagi Hara stated, "Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the organizing committee, led by Chairman Hwang Byung-gu and Director Roh Sang-il, we have achieved significant milestone not only for the Korean community but also in Korean immigrant history. We are grateful for your hard work."
Chairman Hwang Byung-gu added, "I returned from Korea this morning, and even in Korea, this convention is being evaluated as highly successful. I believe that everyone gathered here has played a crucial role in our success, and I express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you," receiving applause from the attendees.
Operating Director Roh Sang-il also expressed his gratitude, saying, "I want to thank the OC board members, who sacrificed their livelihoods and sleep to support us, as well as Korean businesspeople in LA, OKTALA, the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, and others. Government agencies such as the California state government, Small Business Administration, and Procurement Agency, as well as the support from the cities of Fullerton, Irvine, Buena Park, the Korean community, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Hispanic community, were all instrumental in the success of the convention."
During the event, merit plaques and certificates of appreciation were presented to about 60 Korean individuals who provided support in various ways. Michelle Steel and Young Kim, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, also awarded certificates of appreciation to the organizing committee members through their respective aides.
Lee Kyung-chul, the chairman of the Pan-American Korean Society, stated, "Thanks to the success of this convention, we have received requests for a re-hosting from companies that participated, so we plan to organize a Korean business convention in the United States under the name 'K-Expo' in March or April 2025." He requested continued interest and support.
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